Young O-Linemen stepping up

After projected starter Marcel Benson went down for the season, the University of Louisville needed a few good men to step forward along the offensive front. After the first week of practice, O-Line coach Brent Myers identified a few young players who have stepped up their games.

After projected starter Marcel Benson went down for the season, the University of Louisville needed a few good men to step forward along the offensive front. While the first unit O-Line appears in good shape, assistant Brent Myers is looking to build depth along the line during fall camp. After the first week of practice, Myers identified a few young players who have stepped up their games.

"Any time you deal with injuries, young guys have got to step up and play and you have to prepare your young guys to play," Myers said. "Three years ago, it was Eric Wood's first start and he had to learn. Now, it's going to be Mike Donoghue's first start and he's got to learn. There's a time and place when it's your turn and you've got to be prepared."

Myers said the coaching staff anticipated that Marcel Benson might miss the 2007 season because of a heart condition. He said Donoghue worked hard during the off-season to prepare himself for a starting role on the offensive line this season.

"He's responded quite well," Myers said.


Abdul Kuyateh talks with offensive line
coach Brent Myers.

Louisville also brought in junior college transfer Abdul Kuyateh as an insurance policy for Benson. Kuyateh, 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, is battling Donoghue at right guard. And though he missed Louisville's first two practices and has been playing catch up, he's shown his coach that he intends to be a factor up front this season.

"Abdul is a little bit behind because he came in two days late because he had to finish his AA degree," Myers said. "He's trying to catch up, but he's very powerful, very athletic and he can really run and he's really a good football player. My job is to catch him up so he can learn the offense. He knows what he's doing and he's really good."

Myers also praised 6-foot-5, 305 pound true freshman Mark Wetterer, who has been impressive so far in camp. Wetterer, after just a week of practice, has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart at left guard behind senior Danny Barlow.

"The guy that I've been very, very happy with has been our young freshman Mark Wetterer," Myers said. "He's very powerful for his age and he has adapted to this level of play very fast and I've put a lot on him. He's running with the two's, doing a good job and he's competitive and tough and I really like him a lot. He's a guy that stands out with me right now."


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